College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2012 national universities rankings. We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). For an explanation of each category, click here. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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†† Due to an error in compiling the 2012 Washington Monthly college rankings, Clarkson University did not receive credit for the number of its graduates who earn PhDs. Clarkson should have been ranked 115th overall among National Universities, not 131st. Had the correct data been included in the original rankings, some institutions would have received a slightly different rank. But because in most cases the difference would be only one ordinal position, and because the error was discovered only after the print issue of the magazine was mailed, we have chosen not to redo the entire rankings. We regret the error.

Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Net pricePredicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Science &
engineering
PhD's
awarded
Rank
Faculty
receiving
significant
awards
Rank
Faculty in
national
academies
Rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
101University of Vermont (VT)*5122%1202971%77%47130108131571430.6%590.3%102281927%26113245
102New Mexico State University-Main (NM)*5140%965642%45%2715897167641380.6%550.0%1571805921%78150149
103Wake Forest University (NC)5015%2988585%89%2331928728471540.2%1600.2%11826869%2264720
104University of Colorado-Boulder (CO)*5015%1805465%68%1493495572226470.7%470.9%47154516%135150149
105University of Maryland-College Park (MD)*5012%1328282%81%1234513563418180.6%510.9%525913822%70150149
106University of Central Florida (FL)*5024%1222663%64%84118113194154760.3%1580.1%1531741289%2352113
107Clark University (MA)5017%2563975%77%218722634281940.4%1011.3%3932127%2663951
108American University (DC)5014%2829481%79%25240172132401640.5%940.0%157112118%1119573
109University of Oklahoma-Norman (OK)*5027%1362261%63%982188088169640.5%720.1%1511364412%182150149
110University of Montana (MT)*5034%1270649%43%15964147160401640.4%1000.0%1575219122%6613474
111University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh (PA)*4915%1893580%78%2008221062267350.5%810.5%724510020%89150149
112Polytech. Institute of New York Univ. (NY)4945%1690566%55%24811217102162140.4%1012.1%2025219811%202150149
113University of Iowa (IA)*4915%1283972%70%1184443682239420.6%660.9%518112931%30150149
114University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC)*4918%1491370%68%15022977148137850.7%440.1%1371303816%1342696
115 ††Clarkson University (NY)4929%2239862%69%1741920256371740.8%360.0%15721920%271150149
115University of Nevada-Las Vegas (NV)*4833%846842%41%2844166253641380.2%1780.0%15722715047%513697
116Walden University (MN)°4894%2497010%NA1800252269158730.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
117University of California-Irvine (CA)*4829%1286784%83%1083285868278331.3%91.7%281162149%228150149
118University of Kansas (KS)*4820%1884859%61%1702686873164670.4%1270.2%111649410%2175068
119Miami University-Oxford (OH)*4814%2230376%80%1872718955381720.2%1730.0%157406618%1062863
120University of Rochester (NY)4821%2832082%84%2304154117163690.5%791.3%386914416%131150149
121University of North Carolina-Charlotte (NC)*4731%817555%55%2532181245691300.4%1170.0%157188398%25311581
122Brigham Young University (UT)4712%1136471%78%303318037741260.3%1500.1%150211750%2717722
123University of San Francisco (CA)4728%2492668%70%217224312412490.5%760.0%157578314%1461926
124Oregon State University (OR)*4726%1244350%60%3321781135156740.4%1060.2%10566339%237144138
125University of Utah (UT)*4718%1227250%56%5337946100211490.4%970.6%6714614822%7512976
126University of Texas-Arlington (TX)*4742%878644%40%58711392331051030.5%780.1%1412341419%23414978
127Middle Tennessee State University (TN)*4739%864943%46%20523325772350.1%2120.0%15721216422%67111123
128SUNY at Binghamton (NY)*4724%1298476%78%917213861811190.5%930.2%127762077%26871127
129Oklahoma State University-Main (OK)*4725%1265654%59%65147102144120980.2%1720.2%1081919123%59120146
130DePaul University (IL)4735%2273259%68%1585232212132250.1%2160.0%1579220814%1549623
132University of Toledo (OH)*4747%1375241%45%8670142166751240.2%1680.0%1571626519%98150149
133University of Oregon (OR)*4621%1377254%68%3294125107921100.6%700.6%681315214%156150149
134University of Delaware (DE)*4612%1203076%77%8215310065163691.0%280.7%588511420%937295
135University of Tennessee (TN)*4626%1376870%60%2122926483180580.4%1150.0%1561139021%83150149
136Union Institute & University (OH)4684%170908%25%56025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
137University of North Texas (TX)*4632%1036454%48%12031182191661360.3%1340.1%14714816117%1173153
138University of South Florida-Main (FL)*4635%1187557%51%14038545145156740.4%1120.2%1151507212%189145103
139University of Wyoming (WY)*4617%835955%53%3555155127441590.3%1540.2%1221215036%20150149
140Colorado School of Mines (CO)*4616%1742472%64%2344516454401640.5%731.1%42945540%11150149
141Texas Woman's University (TX)*4548%683944%48%52242177781230.2%1790.0%15721725811%200150149
142University of Alabama-Birmingham (AL)*4530%1166950%41%18149034138118990.1%2130.3%941837723%64105144
143Northern Illinois University (IL)*4541%1439353%56%10427187186401640.4%1100.0%15719714633%2511490
144East Tennessee State University (TN)*4544%1136743%39%1141021915882340.0%2170.0%15723814734%23141133
145Saint Louis University-Main (MO)4518%3218470%72%25147163120601410.3%1550.1%15210417010%214435
146Boston College (MA)4512%2385389%91%2105115945691300.3%1560.3%991915813%1664265
147Washington State University (WA)*4525%1609558%69%7530460174138840.6%610.5%75878414%15212658
148Old Dominion University (VA)*4527%980453%50%7897123181601410.2%1690.0%1571721119%10073147
149Pepperdine University (CA)4523%2087574%80%16732399122440.0%2170.0%1573117520%942741
150Sam Houston State University (TX)*4538%798144%49%118223225142230.0%2170.0%15722210311%2104055
151San Diego State University (CA)*4527%781754%66%49912117202530.3%1460.0%1578410227%44150149
152University of Denver (CO)4516%2899778%76%25416208161271970.4%1220.0%1572118618%1096960
153Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)*4555%887534%37%24323822372350.0%2170.0%15725225931%31150149
154University of Texas-Dallas (TX)*4425%793968%63%5182133190130890.4%960.3%8917025319%101150149
155St. John's University-New York (NY)4445%2274261%58%2262244264162140.1%2030.0%15723716021%8211016
156Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TX)*4448%934742%38%741720618742390.0%2170.0%1572157029%35150149
157New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)*4433%1326351%55%8392127249651370.2%1770.4%8222316818%10811882
158Clemson University (SC)*4414%1784073%76%1471759199128920.5%750.1%145145178%2488679
159Our Lady of the Lake Univ.-San Anton. (TX)4463%1185746%32%239025217002530.0%2170.0%1571142289%2404413
160Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)*4342%1020749%63%928186180411630.5%880.0%1572522260%271128149
161Temple University (PA)*4330%1678257%65%101125110232871130.1%2010.1%14616718225%4811361
162University of Hawaii-Manoa (HI)*4323%945049%50%4130361150134870.4%1030.5%761284614%153150149
163Wright State University-Main (OH)*4338%1555744%42%16049162188311880.0%2170.0%1572205720%8732110
164Boston University (MA)4316%2850082%83%2403535349248390.3%1490.4%792412013%174150149
165University of Louisiana-Lafayette (LA)*4231%512946%40%1069144220271970.3%1380.0%15725021016%13284129
166Azusa Pacific University (CA)4224%2768666%62%259025221102530.2%1660.0%1571443012%186384
167University of New Mexico-Main (NM)*4235%990343%44%4521282130133880.3%1520.2%1191697120%84150149
168IN Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis (IN)*4236%1186643%34%1752966326602530.2%1880.2%10424417425%501236
169Bowling Green State University-Main (OH)*4233%1477356%60%998222123351800.1%2040.0%15791738%2547950
170Capella University (MN)°4286%115390%0%85025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
171University of Massachusetts-Amherst (MA)*4221%1646068%69%1431699279178600.5%850.6%699916716%12612293
172University of Arkansas-Little Rock (AR)*4151%884730%21%12111215238152200.3%1320.2%12418716613%162150149
173Cleveland State University (OH)*4154%1205032%30%11034179236371740.8%350.0%15719321812%196150149
174University of South Alabama (AL)*4138%799441%37%4436176199112260.0%2170.0%1572062610%218150149
175SUNY Col. of Envir. Science & Forestry (NY)*4123%1579164%64%1412718858162140.0%2170.0%1574124013%157675
176University of Maine (ME)*4133%1407454%57%97111116137391690.0%2170.3%93979222%73150149
177University of Cincinnati-Main (OH)*4126%1865158%56%19841142176165660.2%1640.4%8316810713%176101118
178University of Houston (TX)*4140%1080653%46%133120111195153780.3%1470.7%621991739%236150149
179University of San Diego (CA)4115%2838577%73%2613237133182110.0%2170.0%157392014%15115108
180Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)4016%3133074%80%2251920130341840.0%2170.3%9188921%79150149
181Kansas State University (KS)*4022%1349261%60%125161951561071020.7%460.0%157103348%256150149
182University of Nebraska-Omaha (NE)*4027%1109450%45%119922021392300.3%1330.0%15719617612%1832431
183East Carolina University (NC)*4025%820151%56%1224193244142230.0%2170.0%1572169516%1288898
184Argosy University-Chicago (IL)°4083%3303313%NA228025226902530.0%2170.0%15725225910%221150149
185Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)*4026%1639856%50%20319884189130890.5%920.2%11618219930%3314052
186University of Massachusetts-Lowell (MA)*4029%1494854%51%16659149252351800.3%1360.0%15723617723%6110718
187LA St. Univ. & Agri. & Mechanical Coll. (LA)*4017%1015470%59%1732906595211490.1%2090.1%14214712516%13310280
188Montana State University (MT)*4025%1268257%47%206135105108351800.4%1260.0%15744229%23974130
189Wichita State University (KS)*4029%653750%41%4852158198232030.1%1900.0%15720525926%46150149
190University of Dayton (OH)3913%2731273%76%2239312666232030.2%1710.0%15770248%2504546
191Pace University-New York (NY)3937%2380458%56%236323625602530.3%1400.0%15718424515%14210037
192University of Texas-San Antonio (TX)*3939%980147%27%27756154261351800.4%1110.0%1572284011%19858116
193Duquesne University (PA)3919%2408171%75%2011620796301910.0%2170.2%128798018%1101770
194Clark Atlanta University (GA)3968%2172741%43%1979221112112260.4%980.4%7823018311%207150149
195University of Alabama (AL)*3919%1656870%67%18541170193821170.3%1410.0%15720410423%6523124
196University of Mississippi-Main (MS)*3922%1295462%59%131110119164401640.1%1990.0%1572183216%12785107
197University of Alabama-Huntsville (AL)*3827%1241254%44%19576137224281940.3%1530.3%9824518120%9149149
198Louisiana Tech University (LA)*3829%855451%49%4026192169192080.2%1690.0%15725214917%119127135
199Saint John Fisher College (NY)3833%2107065%71%161025221502530.0%2170.0%15717821317%1166527
200Barry University (FL)3860%1961132%35%169124922642390.2%1850.0%1571532437%26746125
201University of La Verne (CA)3848%1937048%70%61025224202530.0%2170.0%15724025725%51150149
202University at Buffalo (NY)*3825%1234564%67%7335054152171630.8%380.4%811492199%232150149
203University of Nevada-Reno (NV)*3823%1292348%49%10095124210701290.1%2150.3%9612014044%7150149
204University of Alaska-Fairbanks (AK)*3826%1092530%32%5416294200421620.4%1140.1%13615519037%17150149
205University of St. Thomas (MN)3820%2644271%77%208124711522440.2%1860.0%1571591317%120150149
206University of Kentucky (KY)*3822%1330866%58%18636051116186570.3%1280.1%1341515415%139150149
207Yeshiva University (NY)3715%2392475%82%1833145971681330.5%801.1%4125225934%21150149
208Maryville University-Saint Louis (MO)3720%2030863%62%204025224702530.0%2170.0%1572522259%233710
209Seton Hall University (NJ)3731%2575162%65%216423422162370.2%1870.0%157984221%80130132
210Texas Southern University (TX)*3778%825018%13%63722721992300.0%2170.0%15724919610%223150149
211Central Michigan University (MI)*3731%1361155%54%1277224239172130.0%2170.0%15715215711%2056683
212University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE)*3722%1237566%64%1091918885159720.5%830.1%1398014312%194150149
213Baylor University (TX)3724%2625879%71%2701121677391690.1%2080.0%1571571628%43150149
214Edgewood College (WI)3733%1931461%57%215025226902530.0%2170.0%15719517824%538915
215Southern Illinois Univ.-Carbondale (IL)*3742%1491246%46%13270143126791220.1%1930.0%1571604310%215135142
216Florida Institute of Technology (FL)3629%2662257%57%2411221481291920.3%1570.3%1002522513%171138102
217University of Miami (FL)3619%2721681%80%2442816664142820.1%2050.2%1067518417%118150149
218Widener University-Main (PA)3629%2457855%48%265025220892300.0%2170.0%1572253732%287017
219University of South Dakota (SD)*3632%1317555%50%15231183251162140.0%2170.0%15717812229%39150149
220Lehigh University (PA)3513%2542382%88%1993717350691300.7%411.8%23631639%244150149
221South Dakota State University (SD)*3530%1223156%54%11568146173291920.3%1450.0%1572356912%190150149
222Ohio University-Main (OH)*3524%1770263%65%15350160136681330.5%910.0%1571096413%169150149
223Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania-Main (PA)*3535%1419353%54%1241246143202060.1%1920.0%157201277%2639156
224University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA)*3439%1206242%41%9456153204361760.1%1910.1%12922125122%7114643
225Texas Tech University (TX)*3423%1077562%63%62133106140124950.2%1740.1%14917111210%219150149
226George Mason University (VA)*3322%1029265%63%7984131206123960.4%1040.1%1381001117%262150149
227University of Arkansas (AR)*3319%965567%58%1381141151591021050.2%1800.3%971336713%165150149
228University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)*3340%1716243%43%17215209250262010.1%1940.1%1322142378%249150149
229University of Missouri-Kansas City (MO)*3334%1845749%43%22130184217311880.0%2170.0%15725123912%18434141
230Regent University (VA)3245%2121941%NA194025226912490.6%670.0%1572522240%271150149
231University of Akron-Main (OH)*3242%1361940%35%15753157231711280.4%1200.2%1202261539%246150149
232Kent State University-Kent (OH)*3233%1633559%50%22426191209831160.4%1240.1%14418111710%220119140
233Portland State University (OR)*3235%1202145%36%18257151255361760.2%1840.2%1239323413%161150149
234Benedictine University (IL)3238%1646052%52%156025122712490.0%2170.0%15713125015%137150149
235Univ. of Maryland-Baltimore County (MD)*3218%1272270%57%23587130117811190.2%1650.0%15712918514%14811686
236University of the Pacific (CA)3134%2534473%69%249622811832420.0%2170.0%1577423612%19799115
237Northeastern University (MA)3114%3268779%77%26880135201861140.4%1250.1%13014217922%6914788
238University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)*3129%1253850%43%164711402031001070.3%1390.1%14813722323%60150149
239University of Colorado-Denver (CO)*3134%1412645%42%14638944218881110.1%2000.3%8820320413%170150149
240University of New Hampshire-Main (NH)*3119%1723468%75%116116114103501510.2%1620.0%157687411%212150149
241Ball State University (IN)*3127%1178160%57%10720198182192080.0%2170.0%15716115113%16081143
242Florida Atlantic University (FL)*3131%973448%42%10256152230521480.1%2100.2%11423221122%68142136
243University of Rhode Island (RI)*3123%1610858%63%11390128165671350.0%2170.2%10713215912%187123104
244Argosy University-Atlanta (GA)°3074%3589818%NA245025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
245Wilmington University (DE)3039%1586330%39%89025226802530.0%2170.0%15725223136%19150149
246Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)3023%2629173%72%24236175192381720.6%580.3%9025217211%206150149
247University of Northern Colorado (CO)*3027%1273061%46%2503240151252020.0%2170.0%1579013025%49150149
248University of Tulsa (OK)3017%2278773%65%2572319460202060.3%1440.6%665622713%172150149
249University of North Dakota (ND)*2919%1316956%51%15577136142391690.1%1940.0%1571561517%114150149
250University of Phoenix-Online (AZ)°2979%2047231%5%281025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
251Northern Arizona University (AZ)*2931%1328356%49%17829185214162140.1%2140.0%157899611%208150149
252Hofstra University (NY)2820%2821873%60%2783241205212050.1%1960.0%15714017119%10256131
253Idaho State University (ID)*2845%1174533%26%14520197197182110.1%1890.0%1572521949%230150149
254Georgia Southern University (GA)*2729%1047658%45%202423526702530.1%2020.0%1572007819%97150149
255Illinois State University (IL)*2720%1375768%71%961820320292300.0%2170.0%15710718820%86150149
256Morgan State University (MD)*2753%996141%32%14413212141102290.0%2170.0%15723110616%130150149
257Texas Christian University (TX)2714%2598874%74%2325230153162140.0%2170.0%15786198%25110462
258Drexel University (PA)2719%3349575%68%276118112168129910.2%1630.4%86141979%238150149
259Biola University (CA)2628%2839372%65%272025215752380.0%2170.0%15711711515%140150149
260Alliant International University (CA)26NANA34%28%1620252269361760.0%2170.0%15725225910%224150149
261Southern Methodist University (TX)2614%2772978%74%2601920070431600.4%1160.5%7411223823%58150149
262Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)2541%1475056%46%220025226202530.0%2170.0%15725224416%129150149
263Ashland University (OH)2434%2098958%59%193025222902530.0%2170.0%15725225915%141150149
264Bowie State University (MD)*2447%1141142%37%128025222802530.0%2170.0%1572414811%209150149
265North Dakota State University-Main (ND)*2422%1269662%51%209126109154451570.1%2070.0%15720713211%203150149
266University of New Orleans (LA)*2235%628540%20%24735178171321850.6%540.0%15723919311%199150149
267Spalding University (KY)2244%1613433%45%72025217802530.0%2170.0%15716522216%123150149
268The New School (NY)2234%3849768%66%2735231263451570.3%1420.0%1572332558%255150149
269Catholic University of America (DC)219%3352870%69%26421196106271970.0%2170.0%1571268532%27150149
270Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)2127%2107854%59%171025224002530.0%2170.0%1571082529%227150149
271Colorado Technical University (CO)°2136%814620%14%71025226902530.0%2170.0%15725218914%145150149
272Lamar University (TX)*2147%1161535%28%142622925922440.0%2170.0%1572522599%241150149
273Cardinal Stritch University (WI)2043%2094551%53%190025224802530.0%2170.0%1572522598%257150149
274Nova Southeastern University (FL)1942%2191349%41%25810218265721270.0%2170.0%1572522597%265150149
275Oakland University (MI)*1828%1336452%40%22713211235152200.0%2170.0%15717625612%192150149
276Andrews University (MI)1830%1915455%51%21312484822440.0%2170.0%15719425920%88150149
277National-Louis University (IL)1833%2473437%20%280025216312490.0%2170.0%15725225924%56150149
278Immaculata University (PA)1028%2598241%60%135025226002530.0%2170.0%15725225910%222150149
279Argosy University-Orange County (CA)°827%3004951%NA222025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
280Trident University International (CA)°110%NA36%NA177025226902530.0%2170.0%1572522590%271150149
281Lynn University (FL)021%2637540%43%219025217502530.0%2170.0%1571852487%269150149
* Due to an error in compiling the 2012 Washington Monthly college rankings, Clarkson University did not receive credit for the number of its graduates who earn PhDs. Clarkson should have been ranked 115th overall among National Universities not 131st. Had the correct data been included in the original rankings, some institutions would have received a slightly different rank. But because in most cases the difference would be only one ordinal position, and because the error was discovered only after the print issue of the magazine was mailed, we have chosen not to redo the entire rankings. We regret the error.